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Andrea Riddell spoke with Philanthropy Australia’s new CEO, Jack Heath, to discuss their blueprint to grow structured giving, the future of philanthropy and more.



Jack Heath has had a diverse career, from political speech writer for Paul Keating and senior adviser to Kevin Rudd to leading mental health nonprofits ReachOut and SANE Australia. And he’s hoping to bring this wealth of experience to his latest role as CEO of Philanthropy Australia.

“It became clear to me when I was at SANE Australia that I had achieved what I set out to do. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do next — I’d always imagined staying in mental health,” he says. “Then I saw that the Philanthropy Australia role had been advertised and I thought, ‘Oh, I’ll give that a shot’.” 

While the move to Philanthropy Australia was a surprise, Jack’s experience readied him for the role. As CEO and founder of ReachOut and CEO of SANE Australia, Jack had been well acquainted with Philanthropy Australia on the other side of the table. His experience in government and politics has given Jack an understanding of…
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